I am so amazed when I read the Khazanah Ramadhan article which are written by Agus Mustofa (Indonesian populous writer of Tasawuf Modern) in the National Newspaper of Jawa Pos, Monday 6th August Edition. The article entitles FASTING TO REACH THE NUZULUL ALQURAN. This article enlightens us about the knowledge of Ramadhan Fasting. Below I highlight about the core of this article content.
Mostly, when we are asked by the people and muslimin-muslimah. Why must we fasting in the ramadhan month ? or in the letter luck question WHAT IS THE CAUSE THAT WE HAVE TO DO FASTING. Mostly , the answer that we give will be possibly cited in Al Baqarah 183 about Fasting in Ramadhan.
(O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous )
Well, the verse above is right that we have to fast in order to be righteous. It means that the verse above shows the effect of fasting. So , we are aware that when people ask us about the cause of fasting , we still don’t give proper answer about the verse cited because the verse above is about the effect of fasting (to be righteous).
Oh, so what is the proper answer of the question above ? After referring to the AlQuran as our guidance, mostly we are able to refer to the Al Hadith of Rasulullah SAW about Fasting ( in which Shuumu tashihuu : Fasting, then in order to be healthy). Well, it is right that this hadith conveys about the effect of fasting that is in order to behealthy.
So, again and again both of the TWO ANSWER above that are Righteousness and Health are the Effect of Fasting in Ramadhan. These are become clear because the verse both using conjunction “in order to” or “may become” that emphasize the effect about thing.
What is the proper answer about the CAUSE of fasting in Ramadhan month ?
The answer about the cause of fasting is clearly shown in Al Baqarah verse 185 as follows :
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
It is clearly shown that there is imperative word (let) in this verse become the CAUSE why we have to fast for the Ramadhan month. The answer for us as Muslim that we have to fast is because in Ramadhan Month, the Al-Quran is Revealed (Nuzulul AlQuran). Not because of the other reason or causes.
So, it is clear when the Muslimin Muslimah are fasting on Ramadhan month, we have to be more clever and diligent to tadabbur and understand more about AlQuran Al Kareem that is revealed in Ramadhan month itself.
Reading or citing the AlQuran is not only the formality to read it until khatam – but we have to get the guide from AlQuran. So we have to understand the content of AlQuran tarjamah. Its due to the Al Baqarah verse 185 conveys that
AlQuran which is revealed on Ramadhan to be the guidance of Ummah eternally. Furthermore, we are as Muslim are asked to get the Al Furqon that means criterion or differentiator of the good and the bad (haq and batil).
An implicit utterances that people who have gotten the guidance must be “different in the good way to be the agent of change and implement the value of AlQuran in daily life”. The Muslim people ought not to be follower but to be life trendsetter of ummah who can be the pioneer of life, leader of ummah and enlightening ummah. Amin Allahuma Amin
Alhamdulillahirabbilalamin, We are given countless mercy by Allah SWT to meet and pursue noble months of Ramadhan 1433 H. Then, we are able to reach the 17th day of Ramadhan in which this day is the day of Nuzulul Al-Quran . Let’s muhasabbah to ourself to be better and useful ummah of Muslim dunia wal akhirah
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Wallahu a’lam bishawab
Firmansyah Shidiq Wardhana
Jawa Pos National Newspaper, Khazanah Ramadhan Pages 2, Edition : Monday, 6 August 2012. An article by Agus Mustofa entitles “Berpuasalah untuk Songsong Turunnya AlQuran)